God Is With Us

When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.” Acts 28:4

As we wrap up the book of Acts, one of the memorable stories is when Paul was bitten by a viper or snake. This happened on the Island of Malta , where Paul and the other passengers ended up landing after fierce storms while they were sailing to Rome. The Islanders believed Paul was cursed because he was bitten by this snake, also they assumed he would quickly die because of the venom of the snake

First we need to understand that bad things don’t happen to us because we are cursed, bad things even happen to “good people” because we live in an evil and broken world. When sin was entered into this world through Adam and Eve, the world has become fallen because of the consequences of sin. We are all going to encounter trials and tragedies, but don’t blame God, this is a result of a broken world

Second, even though we live in a fallen world, God is still in control. Paul may have been bitten by the deadly snake, but God saved Paul because of his faith. God has granted everyone “Free Will” therefor he cant intercede in every incident that happens. However if we call on him to intercede, if its his will, he will intercede and save us

Paul went on to lead many more people to Christ through his ministry, God was not through with him yet. God may not be done with you also, call upon him in times of trouble to deliver you from this evil and broken world

Heavenly Father, we know whether in life or death, you are with us and you will deliver us. Help us to have the faith that can move mountains in Jesus Name Amen

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